Good fun and good food go hand in hand! If you visit Hong Kong Disneyland, do complete the experience by dining at restaurants in the park as well as at the two Disneyland hotels — Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.
The picturesque Disneyland Hotel looks like a fairytale palace set during Victorian times.
One of the dining options in this hotel is award-winning Chinese restaurant Crystal Lotus — serving Sichuan, Beijing, Shanghai, and Cantonese cuisine.
With lofty ceilings and natural sunlight streaming in from the tall windows, the restaurant interior is grand yet inviting.
Looking out the windows, there’s a lovely view of the sea and beautiful landscaped gardens outside.
Our first course was smoked duck & pomelo salad. This combination of salty ham-like smoked duck, juicy pomelo, and sweet sour dressing was highly appetizing.
Exclusive to Crystal Lotus, the highlight in this restaurant is Disney character dimsum.
OMG aren’t these little piggies absolutely adorable? We almost couldn’t bear to bite into them!
Well, almost. Hee! These are char siew buns! The skin is soft and fluffy, and the char siew filling is moist and tasty. *thumbs up*
The Little Green Men buns have denser and thicker dough, probably necessary to sculpt this design. The filling is a mixture of vegetable and pork, which was a little on the dry side.
Although we couldn’t really discern the taste of seafood in these pancakes, they were pleasant to munch on. Tastes quite similar to scallion pancakes 葱油饼.
Spot this Hidden Mickey! In this case, it’s winter melon (I think) and dried scallop Mickey. This soup is classic Cantonese double-boiled chicken soup — light, clear, and packed with wholesome flavor.
This is a tasty stirfry of fat prawns and crunchy kale stems.
This stirfry of tender beef, king oyster mushroom and sweet bell peppers is also very nice. Great balance of timing and seasoning.
There’s a subtle fragrance of wok hei here. The rice isn’t too oily, and the use of egg white makes this fried rice less rich (in a good way).
We completed the meal with this refreshing pear dessert. There’s a little shot glass of honey to add to the sweet soup, but we thought the soup was just right on its own.
If you’re interested to try the Disney character dimsum, they are available on weekends and public holidays. Call the hotel hotline +852 3510 6000 to pre-book the dimsum.
Many thanks to AGENDA (Hong Kong) for the invitation and gracious hospitality.
Photo(s) in this post are taken with Sony NEX-3N (review unit from Sony Singapore).